EMPRESS OF THE NORTH at Juneau, Alaska. Photo © Peter Knego 2003
Memphis-based American Queen Steamboat Company is on the verge of announcing its acquisition of the laid up EMPRESS OF THE NORTH for Columbia River cruise service. The 2002-built, 223-passenger EMPRESS OF THE NORTH was withdrawn from service in 2008 following the collapse of her last owners, Majestic America Line and remains under the stewardship of the U.S. Maritime Administration at Portland, Oregon.
A 2014 sailing schedule for the vessel, which will be renamed AMERICAN EMPRESS, is slated for release on Tuesday, May 21. Meanwhile, American Queen officials are still working to secure the complete financing and acquisition of the AMERICAN EMPRESS.
American Queen currently operates the 436-passenger AMERICAN QUEEN, the largest, most lavish steamboat ever built, on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.